ANZAC dedication: Paige Peterson, Newcastle Grammar School

At this hour, upon this day, ANZAC received its baptism of fire and became one of the world immortal names in history.

We, who are gathered here, think of the comrades who went out with us to the battlefields of the Great War but did not return.

We feel them still near us in spirit. We wish to be worthy of their great sacrifice.

Let us, therefore, once more dedicate ourselves to the service of the ideals for which they died. As the dawn is even now about to pierce the night, so let their memory inspire us to work for the coming of New Light in the dark places of the world.

We will remember them.

  • Tribute laying: Tributes will be placed during the playing of The Lament by piper Steven Tripp.
  • Ode of Remembrance: MC, Ken Fayle with Mrs Wharepouri McCully
  • Last post: Bugler
  • Silence for the sacred minute of remembrance
  • Reveille: Bugler
  • Epilogue Anzac Day: Terry Tynan
  • Prayer and dedication: The Very Reverend Stephen Williams

The Band and Choir will perform The National Anthem of New Zealand followed by the Australian National Anthem

Anzac Day March 

  • Where: Hunter Street Mall, Scott St, Darby St and King St
  • When: 9am - 10am,
  • Toilets: Cnr Hunter and Perkins St
  • Parking: On-street, Bolton St Parking Station and King St Parking Station
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton Station and Bus 110 to Civic or Newcastle Station

The March will form up at the corner of Perkins Street and Hunter Street Mall.

ADF personnel will form up as directed in Hunter Street towards Brown Street and also into Perkins Street.

Civilians will form up as directed by the March Marshals behind the Miners Federation Pipe Band from the corner of Perkins Street then east along Hunter Street Mall. These groups will include: Descendants of Veterans; WW2 Navy, Army and RAAF groups including Womens Services.

Behind the City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band the following groups will form up. Vietnam Veterans, ADF Veterans/Peace Keepers/Peace Makers, All other contemporary veterans as identified.

ADF Cadets in uniform will march behind the serving ADF personnel.

The March will be led by the Australian Army Band, Newcastle with the Parade under the control of Lt Jonathon Finch.

The March will commence at 9.15 am and will proceed west along Hunter Street, south in Darby Street and then west into King Street. The salute will be taken from Civic Park by the ranking ADF Officer in attendance. The march will turn into Civic Park and break off.

United Commemoration Service 

  • Where: Civic Park
  • When: 10am - 11am 
  • Toilets: Civic Park and Cultural Centre
  • Parking: On-street and Gibson Street car park
  • Public Transport: Train to Hamilton Station and Bus 110 to Civic Station

The Newcastle ANZAC Day United Commemoration Service will be held at the cenotaph in Civic Park commencing at 10am.

Order of Service

  • Master of Ceremony: Stephen W Finney OAM JP
  • Band: Salvation Army Newcastle Worship and Community Centre Band
  • Choir: City of Newcastle Choir
  • Hymn: God Save the Queen


On this day above all days we recall those who, in the great tragedy of war, gave their lives so that people in Australia and beyond may live in freedom; who still sleep amid the ridges of Gallipoli and the terraced hills of Palestine; in the well maintained cemeteries of France or the shimmering haze of the Libyan desert; amid the mountains and olive groves of Greece and the Middle East, and the jungle of Malaya, New Guinea, rugged Korea, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands, amid loving friends in Great Britain and in our own land; and in unknown resting places in every continent and in every sea.

With sacred remembrances we commemorate every man, woman and child who, in those crucial years, died so that the lights of freedom and humanity might continue to shine.

May we and our successors prove worthy of their sacrifice.

ANZAC DAY – Prayer of the day:

Dean of Newcastle the Very Reverend Stephen Williams

O God, our ruler and guide,

in whose hands are the destinies of this and every nation,

we give you thanks for the freedom we enjoy in this land

and for those who laid down their lives to defend them:

We pray that we and all the people of Australia,

gratefully remembering their courage and their sacrifice,

may have grace to live in a spirit of justice,

of generosity, and of peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn – Recessional

1 God of our fathers, known of old

Lord of our far-flying battle line –

Beneath whose awful hand we hold –

Dominion over palm and pine –

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget, lest we forget.

2 The tumult and the shouting dies -The Captains and the Kings depart: Still

stands thine ancient sacrifice,

An humble and a contrite heart

Lord God of Hosts be with us yet,

Lest we forget, lest we forget.

Prayer for the Queen and Nation

Bishop Bill Wright, Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

Lord God of our fathers, whose faithfulness knows no end, we pray for our Queen and for all those under her who guide and govern the affairs of our nation.

Fill them with the fear of your holy name that they may be set free from the fear of any human being.

Help them in every situation to know and do the thing that is right.

And overrule all their deliberations for the good of our people, and for your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer for all Affected by War

Bishop Bill Wright, Bishop of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

0 God our Father, we bring to you in our prayers those who suffer in body or mind as a result of war, or because of the fear and suspicions that separate nation from nation, race from race, and one human being from another.

We pray also for all refugees, and for those who have lost wife or husband, children or parents, livelihood, security or home.

Have mercy upon them, 0 God, and prosper all who seek to help them in their need, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer for World Nations

Reverend Vincent Wall, Newcastle Baptist Tabernacle

God of the nations, whose kingdom rules over all, have mercy on our broken and divided world. Shed abroad your peace in the hearts of all and banish from them the spirit that makes for war; that all races and people may learn to live as members of one family and in obedience to your laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Lord’s Prayer (recite by all)

Scripture Lesson – Psalm No. 27

Captain Stephen Oliver, The Salvation Army – Corps Officer Newcastle Worship & Community Centre

Prayer of Praise

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.

2 When evil people attack me and try to kill me, they stumble and fall.

3 Even if a whole army surrounds me; I will not be afraid; even if enemies attack me, I will trust God.

4 I have asked the Lord for one thing; one thing only do I want; to live in the Lord’s house all my life, to marvel there at His goodness, and to ask for his guidance.

5 In times of trouble he will shelter me; he will keep me safe in His Temple; and make me secure on a high rock.

6 So I will triumph over my enemies around me. With shouts of joy I will offer sacrifices in His Temple; I will sing, I will praise the Lord.

7 Hear me, Lord, when i call you! Be merciful and answer me!

8 When you said, “Come and worship me.” I answered, “I will come Lord.”

9 Don’t hide yourself from me! Don’t be angry with me; don’t turn your servant away. You have been my help; don’t leave me, don’t abandon me’ 0 God, my Saviour.

10 My father and mother may abandon me, but the Lord will take care of me.

11 Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do, and lead me along a safe path, because I have many enemies.

12 Don’t abandon me to my enemies, who attack me with lies and threats.

13 I know that i will love to see the Lord’s goodness in this present life.

14 Trust in the Lord. Have faith, do not despair. Trust in the Lord.


Maya Borthwick – St. Philips Christian College

Jasmine Sullivan – St. Francis Xavier’s College

Ode of Remebrance

They went with songs to the battle,

They were young, straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow;

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them - BINYON


  • Silence For The Sacred Minute Of Remembrance
  • Reveille

Hymn – “O Valiant Hearts”

0 Valiant Hearts, who to your glory came

Through dust of conflict and through battle-flame;

Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,

Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank to war,

As you had heard God’s message from afar;

All you hoped for, all you had, you gave,

To save mankind - yourselves your scorned to save.

Splendid you passed the great surrender made,

Into the light that nevermore shall fade;

Deep your contentment in that blest abode,

Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.